I don't mean graphic as in vivid depictions of violence. I mean graphic as in stuff that people don't usually want to hear about. In this case, menstrual rags. If you're in need of some context here, the story opens with a band of starving guerrillas fleeing through the snow, and they have pubescent girls in tow. The purpose isn't to shock: it's to show the reality of life as it was for the story's historical protagonist, Somerled, in the 12th century. I'm just wondering if it's 'acceptable' to a modern audience to have something like that in the first paragraph: will they think that it just isn't necessary, and be put off, or will it help to enrich the story and give it an element of realism? In your opinion as a reader and as a writer, do you think that that will go down well?